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27th Jul '16 11:37:28 PM Nyame
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** Another issue with the Authority is that during their long reign of terror there hadn't been a true face champion ever since Wrestling/DanielBryan had to vacate it due to injury. Wrestling/JohnCena, a major BaseBreaker, won it, only to lose the title to Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2014''. Lesnar later lost the title to Rollins at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 31'', who would hold it until he got injured in November of that year. The title was left vacated and a tournament was created to determine a new champion in his place. A face did win the title -- Wrestling/RomanReigns. Problem was, Reigns was regarded as a CreatorsPet due to his transparently obvious status as TheChosenOne to succeed Wrestling/JohnCena's role as face of the company. The fact that he was completely bland as a face made him a major recipient of XPacHeat. Then, not even five minutes later, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} cashed in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank contract to become champ. Problem was Sheamus had gone through a lot of BadassDecay and basically had no storyline direction ever since he won the briefcase, making him so irrelevant that fans wanted him to be champion even less than they did Roman. Roman then managed to get briefly over at ''TLC 2015'' by returning to his badass Shield character and won the title the following night on RAW. However, they went back to booking him as a bland face, turning him into TheScrappy again. Then he lost the title to mega-heel Wrestling/TripleH at the Wrestling/RoyalRumble match to set up the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''.///

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** Another issue with the Authority is that during their long reign of terror there hadn't been a true face champion ever since Wrestling/DanielBryan had to vacate it due to injury. Wrestling/JohnCena, a major BaseBreaker, won it, only to lose the title to Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2014''. Lesnar later lost the title to Rollins at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 31'', who would hold it until he got injured in November of that year. The title was left vacated and a tournament was created to determine a new champion in his place. A face did win the title -- Wrestling/RomanReigns. Problem was, Reigns was regarded as a CreatorsPet due to his transparently obvious status as TheChosenOne to succeed Wrestling/JohnCena's role as face of the company. The fact that he was completely bland as a face made him a major recipient of XPacHeat. Then, not even five minutes later, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} cashed in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank contract to become champ. Problem was Sheamus had gone through a lot of BadassDecay and basically had no storyline direction ever since he won the briefcase, making him so irrelevant that fans wanted him to be champion even less than they did Roman. Roman then managed to get briefly over at ''TLC 2015'' by returning to his badass Shield character and won the title the following night on RAW. However, they went back to booking him as a bland face, turning him into TheScrappy again. Then he lost the title to mega-heel Wrestling/TripleH at the Wrestling/RoyalRumble match to set up the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''./// \\\
27th Jul '16 11:34:53 PM Nyame
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** Another issue with the Authority is that during their long reign of terror there hadn't been a true face champion ever since Wrestling/DanielBryan had to vacate it due to injury. Wrestling/JohnCena, a major BaseBreaker, won it, only to lose the title to Wrestling/BrockLesnar at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2014''. Lesnar later lost the title to Rollins at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 31'', who would hold it until he got injured in November of that year. The title was left vacated and a tournament was created to determine a new champion in his place. A face did win the title -- Wrestling/RomanReigns. Problem was, Reigns was regarded as a CreatorsPet due to his transparently obvious status as TheChosenOne to succeed Wrestling/JohnCena's role as face of the company. The fact that he was completely bland as a face made him a major recipient of XPacHeat. Then, not even five minutes later, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} cashed in his Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank contract to become champ. Problem was Sheamus had gone through a lot of BadassDecay and basically had no storyline direction ever since he won the briefcase, making him so irrelevant that fans wanted him to be champion even less than they did Roman. Roman then managed to get briefly over at ''TLC 2015'' by returning to his badass Shield character and won the title the following night on RAW. However, they went back to booking him as a bland face, turning him into TheScrappy again. Then he lost the title to mega-heel Wrestling/TripleH at the Wrestling/RoyalRumble match to set up the main event of ''[=WrestleMania=] 32''.///
This is where things utterly fell to pieces. The fans hated Roman. ''Hated him''. They hated hated him so much that they began to root for the Authority, ''the ones responsible for starting all this DarknessInducedAudienceApathy''. It was for naught, as Hunter lost and they got another reign with Roman. Things didn't get better until [[EpicFail Roman violated the Wellness Policy three months into his championship reign]], forcing the company to suspend him, meaning they had to take the title off him as soon as possible. He dropped the belt in a semi-clean match to a returning Rollins at ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2016''. While fans liked Rollins or at least sympathized with him, he was still a heel. However, not even two minutes later, Wrestling/DeanAmbrose, one of the most popular wrestlers on the roster, if not the most popular, and the last member of the Shield, cashed in his newly won briefcase and won the title, ''finally'' breaking the chain. The fans were absolutely elated. That being said, the past two years had made the fans extremely cynical, to the point that they were convinced that Ambrose was a transitional champion and that Rollins and Reigns would win it back soon enough. It wasn't until Ambrose pinned both men clean to retain the title (Rollins in a one-on-one title match, Reigns in the Shield triple threat) that fans finally realized they were getting a nice, long reign with the first true face champion since Daniel Bryan himself.
27th Jul '16 2:37:55 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''[='=]s creators discussed this trope [[DefiedTrope and their efforts to avoid it]] on their blog. Originally the game included many more alternate bad endings ranging from depressing to absolutely soul-crushingly depressing, but they eventually decided that [[AudienceAlienatingPremise the game's very premise]] - a RomanceGame where all the character have disabilities - was sad enough as it is, and decided to cut the bad endings down to just one for each route. Among the endings cut included several where [[PlayerCharacter Hisao]] dies, ones where [[ShrinkingViolet Hanako]] and [[MoodSwinger Misha]] commit suicide, and even an option to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape Hanako]].
6th Jul '16 4:40:25 AM MoogleSam2222
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**In Absolute Despair Girls it actually seems to be playing with your apathy by shocking you back into being horrified again and again. What is worse than senseless murder? Senseless murder committed by children. Worse than that? Those children being abused. Near the end the main character temporarily falls into a state of this because she is shown something so horrifying to her that she stops caring about the decision she was supposed to be making, but recovers before the final boss battle soon afterwards.
3rd Jul '16 11:22:41 AM ThatBitterTase
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* The ''WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}}'' episode "Crying Through The Laughs" is about how video games are becoming too dark, and how they fail at tragedy and are simply depressing, because they don't know how to do happiness. Jim talks about ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', which is about imminent death, and stars Lightning, a character who seems totally apathetic from start to finish; if anything bad happens in the game it has no impact because the game was bleak to start with. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' started out much more upbeat, and starred Zidane, a happy-go-lucky rogue; when he suffers a HeroicBSOD partway through, it has a lot of gravitas because of how sharp the contrast is between happy Zidane and sad Zidane.
2nd Jul '16 3:18:22 PM matruz
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* This has happened with a lot of politically-oriented Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters praised as a welcome change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before. However, more than 20 years later, the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.

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* This has happened with a lot of politically-oriented [[PoliticalCartoons politically-oriented]] Mexican comics, like ''Franchise/ElSantos'' and ''Los Miserables'': After suffering decades of government censorship, the political comic industry experienced a resurgence during TheNineties with its gritty stories and DeadpanSnarker AntiHero characters being praised as a welcome reality-grounded change from the rosy picture readers were being fed before. However, before; however, more than 20 years later, the BlackAndGrayMorality themes were turned UpToEleven, and several of their readers got tired of the CrapsackWorld themes, crude humor, irredeemable {{Jerkass}} protagonists and the overall message of ThisLoserIsYou.
25th Jun '16 3:36:30 AM WillBGood
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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.\\

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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'': Very little goes right for the characters, jokes about death are frequent and everyone is just generally depressed from a melancholy in the air. Lisa's death by cancer is a good spot to mark when the strip moved into its darkness setting.\\
25th Jun '16 3:34:38 AM WillBGood
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''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.

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** ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', from the same creator, has this to a lesser degree. It's not as perpetually glum, but the main character is very hard to like as a person and the occasional death joke pops up now and then.



* The story-presented-as-a-actual-television show ''Comeuppance'', by [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/archives/story-archive/by-tellygunge/ Tellygunge]] (Scroll down to the bottom of the link due to no separate category for the story themselves) is ''supposed'' to be like a vote-in show to make women in hated occupations go into a disgusting [[CoveredInGunge gunge tank]], and tries to convince you by making the contestants as unlikeable as possible. However, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Sian Welby]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement (the one in this story)]] comes off as a SmugSnake towards those that do go in the gunge tank, [[spoiler:for example, Princess Priscilla after the latter created a scathing review of the former]], mocks every occupation on the show (especially if [[StrawmanHasAPoint they have a valid point, like the bouncer or the airline clerk]]), and the contestants either come off as UnintentionallySympathetic in their plight, or those who are supposed to come off as a KarmaHoudini end up [[LaserGuidedKarma punishing Sian in the ways that they can towards her.

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* The story-presented-as-a-actual-television show ''Comeuppance'', by [[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/archives/story-archive/by-tellygunge/ Tellygunge]] (Scroll down to the bottom of the link due to no separate category for the story themselves) is ''supposed'' to be like a vote-in show to make women in hated occupations go into a disgusting [[CoveredInGunge gunge tank]], and tries to convince you by making the contestants as unlikeable as possible. However, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic Sian Welby]] [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement (the one in this story)]] comes off as a SmugSnake towards those that do go in the gunge tank, [[spoiler:for example, Princess Priscilla after the latter created a scathing review of the former]], mocks every occupation on the show (especially if [[StrawmanHasAPoint they have a valid point, like the bouncer or the airline clerk]]), and the contestants either come off as UnintentionallySympathetic in their plight, or those who are supposed to come off as a KarmaHoudini end up [[LaserGuidedKarma punishing Sian Sian]] in the ways that they can towards her.
17th Jun '16 7:59:42 AM Nopperabo
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** In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the world is threatened by the Weaver (the cosmic force of order who seeks to lock the cosmos into unchanging stasis) and the Wyrm (the cosmic force of destruction and renewal who has gone insane after being imprisoned in the Weaver's "web" of reality). In ''best case'' scenarios, these forces can be restored to sanity and balance, at the cost of billions of human and non-human lives. In ''worst case'' scenarios, one of these beings emerges triumphant over the cosmos and proceeds to either destroy it or render it a horrible {{crapsack world}}. Meanwhile, their minions are inflicting untold suffering on the world. The Gaia-aligned factions trying to stop the Weaver and Wyrm are often depicted as short-sighted, bigoted, bloodthirsty, and in the case of the Ananasi, outright sociopathic, making it difficult at times to root for them.
** ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' is a game where upon death your soul incarnates in Creator/HRGiger's worst BDSM nightmare, is taken in by a society whose repressiveness would embarrass a fascist, finds that there is no happy afterlife for him, and then must struggle to survive as a mad force of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and their howling-mad servants of Oblivion seek to unmake the world. One source book went so far as to deal with the ghosts born of the ''Holocaust''. The bleakness drove it straight into AudienceAlienatingPremise and it was definitely one of the less popular games. This is the game where your character's sweater is made out of the soul of another person who is experiencing AndIMustScream.



* ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' is a game where upon death your soul incarnates in Creator/HRGiger's worst BDSM nightmare, is taken in by a society whose repressiveness would embarrass a fascist, finds that there is no happy afterlife for him, and then must struggle to survive as a mad force of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and their howling-mad servants of Oblivion seek to unmake the world. One source book went so far as to deal with the ghosts born of the ''Holocaust''. The bleakness drove it straight into AudienceAlienatingPremise and it was definitely one of the less popular games. This is the game where your character's sweater is made out of the soul of another person who is experiencing AndIMustScream.
16th Jun '16 2:51:13 PM Jackkel
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* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'', even in its first incarnation, was pretty bleak, featuring a setting where [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary high school students]] are pulled into a [[DarkWorld alternate version]] of their school, featuring a StringyHairedGhostGirl and other ghosts that all want them dead, along with [[TheCorruption the Darkening]], which turns them into undead monsters if they [[DespairEventHorizon lose all hope]]. Even then, the protagonists usually solved the mystery and escaped relatively intact in the first few incarnations of the story. Later adaptions, however, go straight for the KillEmAll route. Even a reboot of the first story kills all but two of the protagonists, one of whom ends up sitting in a rocking chair for the rest of her life, too traumatized to even speak.

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* ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'', even in its first incarnation, was pretty bleak, featuring a setting where [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary high school students]] are pulled into a [[DarkWorld alternate version]] of their school, featuring a StringyHairedGhostGirl and other ghosts that all want them dead, along with [[TheCorruption the Darkening]], which turns them into undead monsters if they [[DespairEventHorizon lose all hope]]. Even then, the protagonists usually solved the mystery and escaped relatively intact in the first few incarnations of the story. Later adaptions, however, go straight for the KillEmAll route. Even a reboot the OVA adaptation of the first story kills all but two of the protagonists, one of whom ends up sitting in a rocking chair for the rest of her life, too traumatized to even speak.
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